Raphael Bonhomme, a Turner Elementary School teacher, could not be more proud of the six students on the first-ever Flagway team to represent the District of Columbia. Neither could WTU President Elizabeth Davis.
Flagway™ was developed as part of the Algebra Project by Civil Rights icon Dr. Robert Parris Moses (Bob Moses), who won a MacArthur Foundation “genius” award for his work. Flagway is an exciting, action-packed game through which students can learn basic mathematical concepts. Moses developed it especially for elementary and middle school students who, through being neglected by many school systems, have been relegated to the lowest quartile.
Over the past two years, partnering with Young People’s Project (YPP), the WTU has offered DCPS teachers several FlagwayTM training courses.
To learn more FlagwayTM and the WTU's role in supporting this unique learning program, click here.
Each year, the YPP conducts a National Flagway Tournament, in which top teams from around the country compete. This year, the tournament was held at the DC Convention Center as part of the National Math Festival.
Turner Elementary sent a team to compete, the first group ever to represent DC. The team was sponsored by the Washington Teachers’ Union. Its coach was Raphael Bonhomme, a 3rd grade math teacher at Turner Elementary, who traveled to Boston a year and a half ago as part of a WTU delegation that observed the game in action. Bonhomme explained, “although I teach 3rd grade, the team members are all fifth graders from several different math classes at Turner. They’ve been training hard since January.
“It wasn’t easy,” Bonhomme continued, “the students had to spend weeks studying various math concepts on paper and they got antsy about actually starting to play the game. When they finally did, it all came together.”
The Young People’s Project would appreciate any feedback you have regarding your experience at the National Flagway Tournament. They ask that you fill out a survey that is linked here: